Sunday, September 10, 2017

 

News Links, September 11, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The U.S. Petro Dollar Breakdown Continues: Big Moves In Gold & Silver Ahead
France, Germany, Italy, Spain seek tax on digital giants' revenues
EU criticizes Trump's economic policy: report
The European Union's economic and financial committee has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policy and is worried that his efforts to boost protectionism pose a threat to the global economy, a German magazine reported on Saturday.
The Next Spanish Bank Teeters, at Worst Possible Time
IMF's Christine Lagarde worried about Asia's aging population
Is Wage Deflation Here To Stay?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran To Become Essential Hub In China's Belt And Road Initiative
State Dept Approves $3.8 Billion Arms Sales to Bahrain
The US State Department has approved $3.8 billion in weapons sales to the tiny island nation of Bahrain. The Pentagon confirmed the approval and the State Department has notified Congress, who held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain's many, many human rights problems.
The Dangerous Decline of US Hegemony
The bigger picture behind Official Washington's hysteria over Russia, Syria and North Korea is the image of a decaying but dangerous American hegemon resisting the start of new multipolar order.
Bill Clinton's favorite African, Paul Kagame, Wins Re-election by 99%, Arrests Opponent
Catalan leader vows to see through independence bid
Syria's Survival Is Blow to Jihadists
Despite last-ditch efforts by Israel and its allies to salvage the "regime change" project in Syria, the looming defeat of the Western-backed jihadists marks a turning point in the modern Middle East.
Chinese state banks suspend North Korean transactions as international pressure to halt nuclear programme grows
Chinese state banks have started suspending transactions through accounts held by North Koreans, making it nearly impossible to do business between the two countries, according to sources familiar with the situation.
N.Korea may possess nuclear weapons for war use, says Japan DM
Brazil's power sector has been rattled by a combination of slumping demand, rising construction costs and reduced credit availability as the country has gone through its harshest recession on record.

## Got food? ##
Worry About Florida Farmland Advances Along With Irma
This High-Tech Vertical Farm Promises Whole Foods Quality at Walmart Prices
SoftBank-backed Plenty is out to build massive indoor farms on the outskirts of every major city on Earth.
There's no future in food factories that run on electricity. -- RF
Bats 'tricked' into flying into buildings
Modern buildings with large expanses of glass or mirrored surfaces are "potentially dangerous" for bats, research suggests.
Ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense
Thunderstorms directly above two of the world's busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don't travel, according to new research.
Will the Sahara Desert Soon Cover Large Parts of South Europe?
With the highest temperatures on record and unprecedented heat waves hitting Europe this year, Africa's 'Great Desert', the Sahara, is set continue its relentless march on the Southern European countries until it occupies more than 30% of Spain just three decades from now.
Cruise Lines Send Ships to Caribbean on Hurricane Rescue Mission
Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic, studies show
New studies find microplastics in salt from the US, Europe and China, adding to evidence that plastic pollution is pervasive in the environment
The storms are only going to get worse

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Best Buy Co, the No.1 U.S. electronics retailer, is pulling Kaspersky Lab's cyber security products from its shelves and website, amid concerns that the Moscow-based firm may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.
Putin tells Russia's tech sector: Ditch foreign software or lose out
Putin said that, in some spheres, state institutions could not work with companies running foreign software because that represented a risk for national cyber-security.
CNN Pulled Investigative Team Off Trump-Russia Coverage
CNN executives explicitly told their investigative team to stop looking into potential ties between the Trump administration and Russia following a series of high profile reporting errors led that to the resignation of three journalists in June.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Blaming Russia for America's Racist Crimes
If you believe the New York Times, the Russian state is the diabolical force behind Black voter suppression in North Carolina -- and, by imaginary extension, the main suspect for polling irregularities in Black precincts across the country during last year's election.
U.N. Enablers of 'Aggressive War'
Special Report: U.N. investigative reports, like a new one condemning Syria for alleged sarin use, are received as impartial and credible, but are often just more war propaganda from compromised bureaucrats.
Echoes of Iraq-WMD Fraud in Syria
Special Report: Just as the West ignored signs in 2002-03 that anti-government Iraqis were fabricating WMD claims, evidence is being brushed aside that Syrian jihadists have ginned up chemical attacks.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
America Can't Afford to Rebuild
Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos

No need to review three non-nuclear principles, Kono says
Japan has no plan to review its three non-nuclear principles, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday, rejecting suggestions that Tokyo should deploy U.S. nuclear weapons throughout the country to further deter North Korea.
There can always be too much of a good thing. Ask the Spanish. -- RF
Delays in Tohoku seawall construction
An NHK survey says in the 6 and a half years since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, only about a third of the seawalls planned in northeastern Japan have been completed.
Japan Backs U.S. Proposal to Target North Korea's Oil Supplies

Man jailed for selling VPNs to evade China's 'Great Firewall'
Fears among some VPN users on the mainland over whether they will also face punishment for using the services to get round internet censorship
Chinese bank ban 'threatens to tighten chokehold' on trade with North Korea
Ban applies across the board but cash and barter system offer ways around the sanctions, analysts say
Kyle Bass: "China's Credit System Is Reaching A Boiling Point"
NHS waiting times 'driving people to turn to private treatment'
Growing numbers of patients are paying for private treatment to beat rationing and delays for treatment imposed by the cash-strapped NHS.
Children forced to work at cannabis factories as slaves, warns charity
Children are being forced to tend cannabis factories and commit street crimes, a leading charity has warned as it raised the alarm over the hidden toll of child slavery in the UK.
The findings highlight how six decades of industrial dumping, farming pollution, and water plant and distribution pipe deterioration have taken a toll on local water systems.




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